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WarGames (War Games) Reviews

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Tom Charity
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The first half has a sardonic edge to it, but the more seriously the movie takes itself the sillier it gets.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 30, 2013
It's far too simplistic for comfort -- and downright dangerous if it makes anyone think today's self-destructive forces will bow jovially out of sight as soon as we grown-ups loosen up a little.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Like a video game once played, tends to disappear from one's memory bank as soon as it's finished.
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 31, 2015
The chase sequences with government agents are tame but the film builds to a tense (and witty) conclusion at the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker in Colorado Springs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Suspenseful Cold War tale with teen gamer in control.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
As a premise for a thriller, this is a masterstroke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
April 30, 2009
To me, the most enjoyable aspect of WarGames is when David is at work on his computer system. There's something wonderfully nostalgic about watching a guy play with such antiquated machinery and recognize that it was [once] considered state-of-the-art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 17, 2010
Although today it feels rather dated, especially with its technology, it is one of the better examples of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
This inventive nail-biter is very much a product of its time -- blending the arms-race unease of the early 1980s with the beginning of the home-computer revolution -- but it still manages to both grip and entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
June 3, 2010
In this sage satire, warfare is boiled down to the inanities of tic-tac-toe
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
June 5, 2013
Memory makes the heart grow fonder, even when you're blowing up the world.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rebecca Murray
May 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 19, 2007
The film hasn't nearly the despair of Dr. Strangelove, but it retains the same underlining moral questions in its portrayal of these unimaginable dilemmas.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
John Badham solders the pieces into a terrifically exciting story charged by an irresistible idea: an extra-smart kid can get the world into a whole lot of trouble that it also takes the same extra-smart kid to rescue it from.
Nathan Ditum
Total Film
July 30, 2013
What keeps it remarkably fresh is an unpatronising approach to what is ostensibly a kids' thriller, and a set of ideas (remember when Hollywood used them?) that rightly consign all the cradle modems and dot-matrix printers to the margins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
November 25, 2003
The movie's effect on Hollywood and the American consciousness can still be seen today.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 10, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Blackwelder
March 12, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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